Eating in Chester

Chester has a great selection of restaurants. Whether you feel like a three course Michelin standard treat or a quick bite after a busy day, Chester has it covered. Here are a few of our favourite places…

Fine Dining

The Arkle at The Chester Grosvenor

Chef Elliot Hill has recently taken the reigns of the kitchens at Chester’s most famous hotel – The Arkle at the Chester Grosvenor. The Arkle Restaurant has reopened its doors to local and national culinary acclaim. It offers the best ingredients prepared to the highest standards, with truly first class service in sumptuous surroundings.

The Chester Grosvenor, Eastgate Street, Chester CH1 1LT. Telephone 01244 324024.

Fine Dining


Nicholas Friar is a rising star. He was awarded his first Michelin recommendation just six short months after he opened his hugely celebrated, plant-based, fully sustainable restaurant, Hypha, and was awarded Michelin’s brand new and highly coveted Green Star in January 2021 and again in 2022. Absolutely fantastic!

5 City Walls, Chester CH1 2JG. Telephone 01244 312490



Porta is a tapas and wine bar that was opened in 2012 by restaurateur brothers Ben & Joe Wright. It is super-relaxed, informal and intimate. They take their inspiration from those beautiful little tapas bars of Barcelona and Madrid, where the atmosphere is always buzzing. These guys thoroughly deserve their Michelin status for serving truly delicious and authentic Spanish flavours with a happy vibe.

140 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT. Telephone 01244 401178

Fine Dining

Chef’s Table

Without doubt one of the city’s most loved restaurants, The Chef’s Table has been at the top of it’s game from the day it opened. More accolades than you can shake a stick at, this very small but perfectly formed restaurant is always a delightful experience.

4 Music Hall Passage, Chester CH1 2EU. Telephone 01244 403040.



Covino is a light and airy restaurant serving the most delicious small plates, using the very best local produce. Michelin says, ‘This small, intimate establishment with high-level seating is more than just a wine bar. Charcuterie and small plates sit alongside some more substantial dishes on the appealing menu – and are a perfect match for the organic and low-intervention wines’. We totally agree! Get yourselves booked in.

118 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT. Telephone 01244 347727

Fine Dining

Da Noi

Da Noi was an instant hit when they opened back in 2018. The star of this show is most definitely Chef Valentina Aviotti, with her sublime and authentic Italian cooking. She is hugely respected here in Chester for her incredible commitment and passion for the industry.

63 Bridge St, Chester CH1 1NG. Telephone 01244 317793

Fine Dining

The Forge @ Hotel Indigo

Chef Mike Robinson and his team were awarded their Michelin recommendation just three weeks after opening, which is a true testament to their unwavering commitment to delivering food sustainably, as well as true and authentic hospitality to every guest. We’ve had some great meals here!

Grosvenor Park Rd, Chester CH1 1QQ. Telephone 01244 735745


Upstairs at The Grill

This is the ultimate New York-style steakhouse and cocktail bar originally opened in 2002 and has recently had a major refurbishment which includes a stunning new terrace, dry-ageing room and its upstairs speakeasy bar has been completely reborn. Highly recommended.

70 Watergate Street, Chester CH1 2LA.

Telephone 01244 344883



Super plant based café, restaurant and cocktail bar featuring plant-based burgers, curries & bowls, plus cocktails & wine. One of our favourite places for a quick bite and a chill vibe.

1 – 3 Eastgate St, Chester CH1 1LQ

Telephone 01244  340919


The Cellar at Chester Grosvenor

An unforgettable private dining experience awaits you and your guests in The Cellar.  The authenticity of a ‘working’ cellar within one of England’s finest hotels showcases an atmosphere like no other in Chester while the dishes are prepared by an award winning team. 

Each course can be complemented with your choice of wine from an extensive collection of over 700 bins, chosen with the help of the expert Sommelier, working in-house to take care of one of the most impressive and well-loved wine cellars in the UK.

Eastgate St, Chester CH1 1LT. Telephone 01244 324024

Casual Dining

Augusto Pizzeria

Another Chester delight from the fabulous Da Noi team, this superb and super-authentic pizzeria has recently opened on Northgate Street, right in the heart of the city’s independent restaurant quarter.

61 Northgate Street, Chester. Telephone 01244 328794

Casual Dining


Artezzan Restaurant & Bar combines the exciting flavours of the Mediterranean with warm and friendly service, bringing back memories of visits to golden beaches and cobbled terraces.

33 Pepper St, Chester CH1 1DF. Telephone 01244 506406

Casual Dining & BAR


Barlounge is the original cocktail bar in Chester and has been serving great food and drink for over 20 years.

75 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LB. Telephone 01244 327394

smart Casual Dining

La Brasserie at The Chester Grosvenor

La Brasserie has been at the top of its game for as long as we can remember. Offering modern, fresh cooking, this superb 2 AA Rosette restaurant prepares beautiful dishes using flavours and ingredients from home and abroad. 

Eastgate St, Chester CH1 1LT. Telephone 01244 895618

Casual Dining

The Yard

The Yard has made a great name for itself in Chester over the years and rightly so. 2020 saw the partnership of one of Chester’s best Chef’s Carl Noller and The Suburbs Bar & Eaterie founder, Kingdom Thenga. Some say this is a match made in hospitality heaven!

26 City Rd, Chester CH1 3AE. Telephone 01244 325199

Casual Dining

Opera Grill

This 400-seater restaurant mixes an industrial look with a touch of opulence. At the heart of their menu is the charcoal grill and wood burning ovens. On the first-floor  the “Music Gallery” features a stage set for live acts and a mix of soulful classics performed by a gospel choir most Sundays. Opera Grill has a number of private dining options perfect for any special celebration.

3 Pepper St, Chester CH1 1DF. Telephone 01244 343888

Family Friendly

Hickory’s Smokehouse

You’ll find Hickory’s Smokehouse at a great location at The Groves on the banks of the River Dee, very close to Edgar House. They have a fab American style interior and have recently added a garden. The kids will love the tiny cinema room and complimentary popcorn!

The Groves, Souter’s Ln, Chester CH1 1AG. Telephone 01244 404000

Casual Dining

The Green House

The Green House, located on Godstall Lane, is a beautiful, independent tapas restaurant and cocktail bar, hidden away in the very heart of the city. This venue is bright, fresh and flowery – an indoor garden offering the perfect setting to enjoy fabulous flavours inspired by dishes from all over the globe.

This is a special place, run by a young and highly passionate team – and a total treat, whatever the occasion. We love it!

5 Godstall Ln, Chester CH1 1LN. Telephone 01244 409148

Casual Dining & BAR


PicNic has evolved from a much-loved bistro into a light and airy, restaurant and bar. Matt, Justin and Chef Danny are (of course) passionate about sourcing the best local produce – using seasonal ingredients in simple, elegant dishes.

102 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT. Telephone 01244 316805

Casual Dining

Olive Tree Brasserie

Serving traditional Greek cuisine and a selection of Mediterranean dishes with their own modern twists, these guys are passionate about quality and service. They also have a bright and airy private dining room that can seat up to 20 guests.

39–41 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LE. Telephone 01244 956643

Casual Dining & BAR

Izakaya Lounge

Izakaya Lounge is a pan-Asian bar and restaurant serving tasty food and drink.

Pepper St, Chester CH1 1DF. Telephone 01244 322216

Casual Dining

Stile Napoletano

Pizza Restaurant Owner Giacomo Guido is super-passionate about food – as you would expect! His restaurant on Watergate Street has become a firm favourite over the last few years as he ventured out into the city from his humble beginning in Chester Market.

49 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LB. Telephone 01244 320543

Casual Dining

Urbano 32

With exposed brick walls, chunky woods, bare beams & pillars and a mix of fixed seating & cosy booths, this place has an urban chic, independent feel.

Their custom-built wood-fired clay pizza oven, from which they serve their delicious, authentic sourdough pizzas, is one of the best in town.

32 Bridge St, Chester CH1 1NQ. Telephone 01244 311487

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